Posts in category "Arts and Culture"

Four lessons families can learn from watching Hamilton: An American Musical

Like many families, mine has Hamilton fever. My husband and sons sing the song lyrics in the car. My older sons sings from Hamilton: The Revolution while he waits for us to leave for school. And, of course, we saw Hamilton: An American Musical on stage in Chicago. Recently, we had the pleasure of seeing... Read more »

5 reasons you should watch Supergirl with your children

When my family used to sit down to watch TV together, we’d run through a litany of potential shows to watch together, with everyone saying why we should or shouldn’t watch certain ones. Often, we’d come up empty and just decide to read or hang out instead. But, then along came Supergirl – first on... Read more »

My sons' favorite English king is King George III - thanks to Hamilton

I never thought I’d say it. But, my American sons have a favorite English king: George III. And, it’s all thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. For months, my sons have absorbed the story of Alexander Hamilton, as they’ve heard the Broadway musical soundtrack played over and over again by my husband. In... Read more »
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We need a big "thumbs up" statue in the U.S., too

These days, it can feel like you’re drowning in the news or in your social media feed. Based on the “news” of the day, it’s easy to be disheartened. To be pessimistic. To be jaded. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can fight to stay positive. To stay upbeat. To stay hopeful.... Read more »

French illustrator Yann Legendre sets artistic tone for Lycée French Market: Designs 8th Poster for the Annual Holiday Market

For more than a decade, Chicagoans have started their holiday shopping à la française with a trip to the Lycée French Market. The market’s mix of high quality French goods and foods, enjoyed while listening to the sounds of French music and conversation, is what makes it one of the most unique holiday shopping experiences... Read more »

Greek “monsters” reimagined in international touring exhibit

Greek monsters are big in our house. And, I blame Percy Jackson. Ever since my nine-year-old son opened to the first page of “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. Many a dinner conversation has centered on the Minotaur, Cyclops, Medusa, and Cerberus – and so many other Greek monsters. With each chapter came new adventures for the young heroes... Read more »
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Chicago artist Jim Bachor turns street potholes into works of mosaic art

We’re in the middle of winter here in Chicago, and with the snow, cold and slush comes the inevitable potholes. Yes, everyone who survived last year’s polar vortex knows that once the snow, cold and slush are gone, we’re left with potholes. And, lots of them. In fact, last year, at the end of January,... Read more »

The legend of the Golem of Prague – and its appearance in children's and modern literature

I love when my six-year-old gets to go to the library at his school – simply because I never know what books he’ll check out that day. I always excitedly open his backpack to see what French and/or English books are tucked away inside of it. And, I’m never disappointed. A few months ago, he brought home... Read more »

“You Are Beautiful:” How three simple words on a sticker help brighten the days of people around the world

If you live in Chicago, chances are you may have seen a small, shiny, rectangular, silver sticker on a light post, a stair railing, a trash can, a bus seat, or the like. But, it’s not any old sticker. It’s one with three simple words designed to brighten your day and remind you that everything... Read more »
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6 reasons you should watch The Karate Kid movie remake with your children (even four years after its release)

I loved The Karate Kid. The original movie that is. I must have watched it a dozen times. It was like I couldn’t get enough of Daniel (Ralph Macchio), Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and Ali (Elisabeth Shue). It was a movie of the early 80’s – and one few others have been able to replicate. And, then a remake came... Read more »